The southern province of TâyNinh’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment has asked investors of industrial parks and economic zones to strictly implement regulations on waste water treatment.
On a document issued on October 17, the department noted that it will coordinate with relevant agencies to regularly inspect and supervise the implementation on management and operations of wastewater treatment systems at industrial parks and economic zones.
If the inter-sector inspectors find any violations, they would strictly handle them according to the provisions of the law.
Investors of industrial parks and economic zones must check rubbish collection systems, rain and wastewater drainage systems, and wastewater treatment centres. They also must upgrade any degraded systems.
Wastewater discharged from enterprises located in the industrial parks must be treated. Owners of industrial parks must use up-to-date wastewater treatment technology, ensuring the treatment of wastewater before it is discharged into the surrounding area.
The owners of the industrial parks and economic zones must record fully the operations of wastewater treatment systems, including wastewater flow, power consumption, type and amount of used chemicals, and the amount of waste mud.
In addition, the investors must separate the rainwater collection and drainage system and the wastewater collection, treatment and drainage system built inside the industrial parks.
The Government’s Decree No 40/2019/ND-CP on the amendments and supplements to the Law on Environmental Protection from 2014 in terms of climate change-related issues noted that enterprises in industrial zones are not allowed to discharge wastewater into rainwater drainage systems.
They must take responsibility for the issue.
In case of violations, industrial parks’ owners must take wastewater samples for testing at labs and apply preventive methods and report to the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, for further investigation and handling.
Investors must have response plans for incidents related to wastewater treatment.
The department also requires investors to check environment-related measuring equipment and environmental monitoring systems.
It will also instruct industrial parks’ investors on how to transfer data automatically to the department.
TâyNinh Province is home to six industrial parks and two economic zones, attracting nearly 500 domestic and foreign investment projects. (Viet Nam News – October 17)